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How to: 1 Step Easy Gel Nails at home

I am a big fan of gel / shellac nails (as seen here and here) but getting your nails done at the nail salon regularly is not cheap. Even though gel nails have become more accessible in London in the last few years, with lots of simple local salons offering a full shellac/gel manicure for around £25 it still means it’s not something I get done all time because the cost does add up. But because they are so long lasting (1-2 weeks) it does make it rather tempting ;)

I’ve seen a few reviews and options for DIY Gel Nail at home kits and I was always very intrigued. So when I got the opportunity to review the Beauty Hair Chroma LED Lamp promising  1 Step Easy Gel Nails at home – I was like hell yes!

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A Weekend in Lisbon (travel guide)

If you follow me on instagram then you would know that I recently had a weekend in Lisbon, and oh how I loved it! Going to Lisbon had been on my list to visit for so so long. Actually, I had been there before but this was as a kid – so that hardly counts. Anyway being a bit of a planner I always make sure I do research before travelling somewhere so I know exactly what to visit and what places to go for drinks and food (the latter being pretty much the most important part haha). Me and my friend had the most brilliant time in Lisbon so I thought I’d share my tips as a little travel guide for a weekend in Lisbon!

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A beautiful mindset..

It’s that time of the week again for some midweek inspiration! I love this quote: “A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment we start acting like life is a blessing I assure you it will start to feel like one.”

As I have gotten older I have definitely started realising and being thankful more and more how lucky I am with the life I have got! I am alive, healthy and have wonderful friends and a caring family that is always there to support me. Not everyone has this so I am very blessed. When you are younger I think you don’t value those things as much, but now I often think about it. This means I wake up feeling happy and thankful and don’t worry about the small stuff because a beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset and realising how lucky we are! Life is a blessing :) Happy Hump Day everyone!

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The Ai Weiwei Exhibition – Royal Academy London

On Sunday I went to the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist that became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010. The exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts looks at the last 20 years of his work, including political pieces relating to his time under arrest in China and to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Here some quick photos from my visit to the Ai WeiWei exhibition…

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Brunch recipe: Bill Granger’s Sweet Corn Fritters with avocado salsa and chorizo

Sweetcorn fritters are a staple on brunch menus (especially in most of my favourite Australia and Kiwi cafes here in London) and so they should be, because they are delicious and pretty healthy little pancakes full of sunshine. Did you know they are actually pretty easy to make at home, so they make are a great option for brunch or dinner (see an older recipe from me here) and people always love them! One of my favourite brunch spots in London is Bill Granger’s restaurant, Granger & Co, and they serve the most delicious corn fritters there so I wanted to recreate this at home recently when my parents came to visit. At Granger they serve them with avocado salsa, roast tomatoes and bacon but I decided to swap the bacon for chorizo – just because I am obsessed with the stuff! 

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Someday? Live for today!

Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again for some quick midweek inspiration. The idea of “living in the moment” has inspired a lot of motivational posters and T-shirts, but it’s really a very important concept. You’ve probably heard many variations of this quote like; “Live like there’s no tomorrow, live as if you’ll die today!” & “There are 7 days a week, and SOMEDAY isn’t one of them.”

Living in the moment takes practice, but when we learn how to live this way, it means we will lead a fuller life and appreciate the beauty in every activity every second of the day. Here are some quick tips on how to make sure you live for the present and live for today…(I am still working on it)..

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New hair – the lob! 

I finally did it….I got the chop! I’ve had my hair pretty much long and the same for the last 10 years – aside from repeatedly cutting a fringe and growing it out again. Pretty boring I know but because my hair grows really slowly I’ve always had a huge fear of cutting it off. Every trip to the hairdresser (which I only did about twice a year) was scary even though I told them very strictly they could only trim the end….no I mean it dude, only this much (showing not even a cm with my fingers)! Silly I know but hey some people fear the dentist and I fear the hairdresser ;)

But I did always have hair envy, I loved the lob look and was always pinning pictures of it on Pinterest but I just never had the guts to go through with it. Until two weeks ago…I just decided it was time for a change and booked in an appointment with a hairdresser. When making such a drastic (well for me anyway) change I wanted someone I could trust so I went to see the brilliant Reece at Neville Hair & Beauty in Knightsbridge! He’s a master at the lob and the only man I’d trust for the job!

I asked for a collarbone length lob – which is a popular abbreviation of the word long lob, incase you were wondering – and wanted a textured cut so it would look good  curly and also have a bit of fun and edge to it! Here a before and after shot so you can see the end result…

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